Martin Bax is a consultant paediatrician who has now retired from clinical work and is an honorary reader in Child Health at Imperial College, London. In addition to his medical career he founded the arts magazine Ambit in 1959, which continues to this day. Ambit has published poetry, prose and artwork from people such as Fleur Adcock, Peter Porter, Tenessee Williams, JG Ballard, Peter Blake, Eduoardo Paolozzi, Carol Ann Duffy and many others. His novels The Hospital Ship was published by Picador and new Directions in 1978 and Love on the Borders by Seren in 2005. In the 1970s, using text from The Hospital Ship, he developed the Vietnam Symphony with jazz trumpeter Henry Lowther which was performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has also written for children and his book Edmund Went Far Away, illustrated by Michael Foremen, was published in the UK and USA.